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Experiential Learning

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    Learning From Experience

    At Stevenson University, we encourage you to take what you have learned in your coursework and apply it in the field to gain authentic, hands-on experiences.
College is a time to explore the world and discover your values, interests, skills, and abilities.

At Stevenson, your coursework will provide you with theoretical and technical knowledge and skills, while experiential learning will allow you to apply what you've learned in the classroom to real world situations. The pairing of experiential learning and traditional, classroom-based learning will greatly enhance your college experience.

Many classes at Stevenson offer you the chance to learn outside the classroom. In some cases, experiential learning is an integral part of the class. In others, a faculty member may choose to offer this opportunity through the One-Credit Option, a chance to earn extra credit for a course-related experiential learning project.

Here are just a few examples of how you may get involved with experiential learning:

  • Participating in field trips, tours, excursions, hikes, or other outdoor activity
  • Participating in Stevenson and off-campus theater or music events
  • Attending art openings, exhibits, lectures, museums, or galleries
  • Presenting a research project or paper at a professional conference
  • Attending a political session, such as sessions of Congress, City Council, or General Assembly
  • Joining an archaeological excavation
  • Internships


    Internships help to bridge the gap between classroom theory and practical on-the-job application. Whether you decide to complete an internship for academic credit or just for the experience as a non-credit internship, you can apply concepts learned through your coursework to help expand your learning.

    No matter your major, you may select an internship that suits your career interests and goals. A typical for-credit internship is a commitment of 8 to 10 hours a week for a semester, totaling 120 hours. Internships completed not for credit have no minimum-hour requirements.

    Several majors at Stevenson also offer clinical or field experiences beginning in the first or second year. These placements provide structured hands-on learning experiences in an area related to your course of study. Internships and other field placements offer you the chance to:

    • Connect classroom theory to a real-world setting
    • Earn academic credit
    • Identify career settings and opportunity
    • Network within your field
    • Build your resume
    • Discover your values, interests, skills, and abilities

    Visit the Office of Career Services for more information about internships and experiential learning

  • Service Learning

    Service Learning

    Service-learning at Stevenson allows you to apply the knowledge and skills that you’ve learned in the classroom to meet a genuine need in the community. Service-learning engages you in authentic, real-world experiences to help you better understand course content while making a difference.

    Service-learning is a way for you try new things, connect campus and community, see course content from a different angle, and reflect upon possibilities for personal and social change.

    When you participate in service-learning, you become skilled in relating theory with practice, while experiencing a sense of civic responsibility, building connections with the community, and enhancing your employment opportunities after graduation.

    In some courses, service-learning is an integral part of the class. A typical service-learning course requires a commitment of approximately two to three hours per week, or a total of 20-30 hours per semester.

    In other courses, a faculty member may choose to offer this valuable opportunity to students through the One-Credit Option, a chance to earn an extra credit for a course-related service project.

  • Volunteer Work

    Volunteer Work

    Stevenson is committed to addressing community issues while enriching the student experience. Through volunteer projects, campus-wide service days, and student service clubs, Stevenson University takes on the most pressing needs of communities in and around Baltimore.

  • Research

    Campus-Based Research

    Work with a faculty member on a study or research project tailored to your interests. Science majors, for instance, conduct independent research under the direction of a faculty member or off-campus site supervisor as part of their major requirements. Similar opportunities exist for other Stevenson students. Please contact your academic advisor for more information about independent study and research.

  • One-Credit Option

    One-Credit Option

    What is it?

    The One-Credit Option (OCO) is a one-credit course offered in conjunction with a 2-4 credit "parent" course and involves experiential learning. It's called the one-credit option because it's taken at the option of students enrolled in the parent course. The OCO includes both an experiential component (15 hours minimum) and an appropriate amount of gradable academic work. The experience may include:

    • Visiting a museum, cultural center, or science center
    • Attending or participating in artistic, cultural, or community events
    • Volunteering at a community organization
    • Visiting or volunteering at a state park or nature center
    • Attending lectures or discussion groups
    • Attending or participating at a conference
    • Attending sessions of local, state, or federal government
    • Interviewing or visiting with leaders in a field or community leaders
    • Mentoring or tutoring children or adults

    The overall objective of any experiential learning course is the integration of theory and practice—integration of academic study with direct or hands-on experience.


  • Study Abroad

    Study Abroad

    The Study Abroad Program at Stevenson University provides an educational experience that engages students in their personal, social, and intellectual growth by providing opportunities to explore and learn while studying outside the United States. During this experience, students will foster understanding, appreciation, and respect for diversity. Students will broaden their horizons by increasing their ability to live fully and successfully in a dynamic global community.

    The University's core values of learning, community, integrity, and excellence are enhanced by immersion in another culture. The Office of International & Off-Campus Study directly enhances Stevenson’s mission to graduate students with the competence and confidence needed to address creatively the opportunities and problems facing their communities, the nation, and the world.

    Visit our Study Abroad section for more specifics about program offerings at Stevenson. 

    Have a Question?

    Contact: Rebecca Pisano, Ph.D., Associate Dean for International & Off-Campus Study
    Office: Room 201-A/B, Knott Hall (inside Academic Link), Greenspring Campus
    Phone: 443-334-2915

    Mailing Address:
    Stevenson University
    Office of Academic Affairs

    1525 Greenspring Valley Road
    Stevenson, Maryland 21153

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